Feb 182018

An exciting opportunity to lead the transformation of the data landscape of a global business leader towards the highest level of digital vision, innovation and business focus.

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (SC) provides a wide range of high quality and sustainable ingredients that are integral to numerous key industrial processes worldwide.
As SC moves towards its exciting new status as an independent company, our ambition is to be the digital leader in the chemical industry. Within this context, your mission in this role is to assume overall responsibility for the design integrity and effectiveness of SC’s data landscape. In doing so you professionalize the design and management of data within the wider enterprise context, and drive the selection and adoption of technologies and tooling for data management and for analytics, laying the foundation for new insights and radically improved of business performance.

You also speed up the execution of digital initiatives by ensuring data is accessible and ready to use, and you continuously improve processes, methods, standards as well as the general understanding of data in the wider organization.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as an innovative and analytical leader with diverse IT knowledge and experience? Have you acquired the practical, results driven project management and/or consulting experience that enables you to understand business imperatives and the needs of end users? Can you assess rapidly changing technologies and apply them to business needs? Do you want to write the rules, not merely follow them? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?
If you offer all this and more, we invite you to apply for the position of

The role and its responsibilities
This is a high profile opportunity – based at our Global Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – to play a significant role in the success of a new and world-leading company. It calls for a knowledgeable, accessible, and committed individual who can balance clear accountability within a multi-disciplinary and agile environment, along with the flexibility to be a designer, consultant, expert, teacher, or doer as the situation demands.

Thus you are accountable for the correctness, integrity, and suitability of design choices during digital solution design, including but not limited to where they concern data design or design for tooling used for data management or analytics. This covers database platform choices, data modelling, MDM solutions, data services, etc.

Further, you contribute to the final solution design decisions by correctly representing the impact of such choices and helping to identify options or tradeoffs, e.g. against financial or commercial criteria.

At all times you drive transparency, rationalization and standardization across the data landscape and information flows, from creation to ultimate use. You also safeguard the data design integrity in digital initiatives: e.g. ensuring data flows, data use, and data definition are fitting both the intended purpose and the wider enterprise context.

In leading the development of the reference models and the target state of Enterprise Information Architecture you document the current-state information architecture where needed. You also identify gaps between the target and current-state information architecture and develop plans to move toward the future state, taking into account business priorities and intended business outcomes.

Ongoing you establish data standards and guidelines, select data technologies for reporting, stay up to date with technology and digital market developments, and contribute to or lead data quality improvement opportunities.

All of this demands strong technical knowledge in the field of Information and Data Architecture, in particular Data Science as it relates to Business Intelligence. You should also have a strong knowledge of conceptualization, data modelling, information classification, metamodels, taxonomies and ontologies, thereby enabling you to apply the right structuring to the challenge at hand.

Further, you understand management concepts such as MDM, PIM, and of system integration including interface design, web-oriented architecture techniques, programming languages and methods. You also have a good understanding of security, IP or data privacy considerations,. Most importantly perhaps, you possess the communication, influencing, presentation and facilitation skills that enable you to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, from executives and engineers to IT and technical staff. As such, this is a role for highly motivated individuals who can demonstrate growth in their career and are able to look ‘under the hood’ in order to find the answers for themselves.

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess all the following attributes:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant subject and 10+years of experience in roles such as IT Manager, Business Analyst, IT Developer, Database Administrator, Business Information Architect/Developer, in Cyber Security;
  • A deep understanding of Business Intelligence, Data Science, Enterprise Architecture, and/or data management (e.g. TOGAF or CDMP certifications);
  • Knowledge of problem analysis, structured analysis and design thinking, and software engineering;
  • The ability to identify stakeholder concerns and viewpoints and to conceptualize different options and solutions;
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies including Agile, as well as innovation and ideation methods, such as design thinking;
  • An affinity with the (chemical) process industry and strong communication and interpersonal skills including fluent written and spoken English.
  • A practical, hands-on, and can-do attitude.

Application details
For further information, please contact Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88 010 6789, option 3. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 170005OI or use the ‘Apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the application process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such aspaper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

Keywords: Vacancy, Full-time, Noord-Holland, Amsterdam, Information Architect, Data Architect, IT Manager, Business Analyst, Business Information Architect.

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